ABOUT US

Toni Siprut

Toni has been singing, and loving it, since she was a small child. She sang in many vocal ensembles growing up and studied Classical and Jazz vocal performance for about 16 years. She had the privilege of attending the University of North Texas for many years studying under and with some of the best musicians anywhere before moving to the University of Nebraska where she joined the "Just Plains Jazz" vocal ensemble and sang at Carnegie hall. Toni has been doing jingle and studio work for about 9 years now but when her best friend Jenn (aka Jin) said let's create a rockin' country band, we did just that...

Frank Loria

Guitar, Banjo, Backup Vocals

Frank has been playing guitar for 21 years and studied with Frank Rumoro at the fine arts building in Chicago. He has taught in the Chicago public schools, private lessons and is currently in my 8th year of teaching at Hix Bros Music. He plays out and records on a regular basis with various groups. has been performing live in the Chicagoland area for about 12 years; playing at downtown clubs, opening for big names, headlining venues, as well as performing at private and corporate parties in Chicago and the suburbs.

Jeremy Schmidt

Guitar, Vocals

Jeremy grew up in the woodlands of rural Southern Illinois. There was nothing better to do than strum strings and make music with friends and family. There still is nothing better. His brothers already played guitar and drums, so he picked up the bass to thicken the low end.    Since moving to Chicago, Jeremy has played with a wide variety of talented musicians and ensembles covering many genres.  He says, "It's great to play a wide variety of music.  Every individual creates music from a slightly different angle, that has been informed by the total of their experiences.  It is a pleasure to learn from all the great musicians that I work with."

Kyle Meyers

Bass

Coming soon...

Jennifer Fletcher

Jennifer Fletcher was born and raised in the small town of Beal City, MI. Growing up on her family's farm, country music filled their home with the sounds of her grandparents favorites: Patsy Cline, Alabama, The Oakridge Boys, Johnny Cash & The Judd’s.Jennifer has been singing since she can remember; performing and competing in numerous vocal competitions. She studied vocal jazz at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. While there she sang with an eight person vocal jazz ensemble and had the privilege of performing solo at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.    Today, Jennifer spends her time singing and songwriting. You can see her perform acoustically and with Jin & Tonic Band. 

Jason Vinluan

Fiddle

Jason began playing violin when he was 4 years old. Before attending the University of Wisconsin, Jason studied and performed classical music with various Milwaukee symphony orchestras. Since studying music in college, Jason has broadened his musical ensembles into rock, jazz, hip hop and country outfits. For the last 10 years, Jason has performed and recorded with numerous acts in the Chicago area. He also teaches violin at several public schools in the city. Jason's love for the violin has him playing about 120 shows a year, and as an experienced performer,  he is very excited to be a part of the explosive Jin and Tonic Band experience.

Nate Greene

Percussion

Nate is a high demand percussionist in the Chicago land area known for his performances with several Chicago based bands and his busy teaching schedule at Hix Bros. Music in Naperville. In addition, Nate is an active studio recording musician in the Chicago area. Some of Nate’s recording and performance credits include The Jeremy Bieber trio, Dead Stock Audio, the Jin and Tonic band, Rosehip Studios recording artist Megan Krantz, and Rock Ridge Records recording artist Painkiller Hotel.

Nate began studying percussion at the age of 12, and soon after began studying with Detroit session player Keith Ottenbaucher. Following his high school graduation, Nate worked professionally with several Detroit-based music organizations and began teaching in local area schools.

In 1996 Greene moved to Chicago to attend the highly-acclaimed Northern Illinois University School of Music graduating in May of 2000. At NIU Nate studied with Rich Holly, Jeff Stitely and Robert Chappell, with whom he developed his drum set and hand percussion styles. In 2000 he accompanied the NIU Steel band on its trip to Trinidad for the World Steel band Festival. Since earning his bachelor's degree in percussion performance from NIU, Nate has been busy teaching and performing in the Chicago area, including performances with the champion Illinois Brass Band on its 2000 tour of England.

Jin and Tonic Band